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Monday, October 11, 2010

Chocolate Babka ~ On Perspective

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you know Life is all about perspective, being able to see things from all sides. i have a tendency to have tunnel vision in regards to anything to do with me: i set a goal and i go for it, pretty much plowing thru anything and anyone in my way, i don't stop to look around. as a result, sometimes the journey isn't fun. HOWEVER, i have the magical power of seeing things in black & white when it comes to everything else. i don't do it often but when i do, i give good advice, i give food for thought and most importantly, i provide good Perspective.

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i first tried babka with a guy i dated for 10 months. it was the most exhilerating 10 months of my entire life, up until that point. he brought it home one day, a gift from a coworker who told him that even if i'd never had babka before, i would love it. she was right. it's a rich & dense bread, heavy on flavor and best washed down with a glass of cold milk. Eff Eff to months later and we broke up due to geography differences. a lot of things came from that relationship: sincere smiles, new friends, some maturity, a bit of clarity, a significant heartbreak and holy shit, first ever Birthday Dumpage. now, years later, i can say, at least he gave me good babka.

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i used this recipe from Cooking Light. i actually made this bread twice, the first time for a work function, each time a smidge differently. the last time i used spelt flour instead of AP flour and it made a major difference in texture, it wasn't as smooth, more grainy and dense whereas before, the loaf came out airy and light. but both times garnered rave reviews. my coworkers thought the bread looked too professional, even for my skills (um. thanks?) and nuria liked it better than the apple cinnamon swirl loaf. me, i liked the spelt loaf ok but i think i'll stick to just regular AP for this recipe.

learning lessons, you know. it was good baking, good ingredients.

how's that for perspective?

18 comments:

  1. At least he gave me good babka. Best line ever.

    And maybe in the big picture, the only purpose of him coming into your life was the babka? Relationships can fade but a good recipe is eternal.

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  2. I have never even heard of babka! the photos look amazing though...

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  3. ohh, this looks delicious! I've never made babka but I've always wanted too - I think I might just try sometime soon. Thanks!

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  4. I've never heard of babka, it looks delicious though! One of my ex's gave me beer...for that I'll be eternally grateful! Good luck creating that bucket list you mentioned! Best wishes.

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  5. Looks beautiful! And you know how I feel about chocolate babka. : )

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  6. @wendi, it's all about healthy thinking and finding that silver lining. i'll always have babka, he'll hopefully have painful gas everytime he consumes general tso's chicken.

    @claire,thank you. it's jewish and eastern european (i think) bread.

    @Taz, i hope you do. it is wonderful with milk, coffee or tea.

    @elleswim and @anh, thank you!

    @shannalee, yes i do know. :)

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  7. It looks marvelous! A bread for me. Yummy!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  8. "At least he gave me good babka."

    Like Wendi said, oh my. If I didn't know what babka was when I read that line... ;)

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  9. I only stumbled across your blog today (catchy name!). Just wanted to let you know that I like the your good humored casual posts that give a nice insight into how cooking/photography intertwines into your normal life!

    I am bored sick of sites dedicated only to recipes or reviews. Glad I stumbled across yours!

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  10. @victoria, thank you and welcome! pls do visit often.

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  11. @victoria, thank you and welcome! pls do visit often.

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  12. Looks beautiful! And you know how I feel about chocolate babka. : )

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  13. I've never heard of babka, it looks delicious though! One of my ex's gave me beer...for that I'll be eternally grateful! Good luck creating that bucket list you mentioned! Best wishes.

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  14. I have never even heard of babka! the photos look amazing though...

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  15. At least he gave me good babka. Best line ever.

    And maybe in the big picture, the only purpose of him coming into your life was the babka? Relationships can fade but a good recipe is eternal.

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